Can a quote create a defining moment in your life? A “Defining Quote” is one when we relate the quote to an experience of the past; we check its relevance in the present context; and we form a perspective of that quote for the future. This was my “Defining Quote” of the week “Culture eats strategy for Breakfast “.
I had the opportunity to listen to a webinar in which I heard this quote. This was really about Organisational culture. It took me back in my career where I started relating to the “culture” part of the organisations I had worked in. Incidentally, I had lived by this axiom that Organisation does not have a culture , Organisation is the culture. Yes, it was the culture of those organizations that had shaped what happened, who I was, and who I have become. Culture, does dominate strategy
In today’s VUCA world (term coined by American military for Volatility , Uncertainty , Complexity and Ambiguity ) , we are in a more responsive environment and things change at a break need speed.
In this context, what is culture? In my view, culture is a combination of how employees , Customers , Stakeholders view success and how holistically each one creates VALUE for the other.
Culture is a favourite of mine as I had the opportunity to embrace different inter and intra cultural differences during my various stints . The best learning part was to adapt and give your best and tide over the differences. Those opportunities remind me that culture made me “who I am” . Culture shapes your thinking. It will undoubtedly shape your mind, when you are mindful of the effect of culture.
My thought is that culture plays a very important part in enabling you to become the person you want to be. The best way to understand this is to build your consciousness and your awareness levels, while you go along with the flow. As I learned from Ian (#Ian Faria) (#TALKTEMPLE) , it is Knowing , Growing , Showing ,and Flowing one’s capabilities or VALUE that shapes your success. This strategy creates a culture of putting yourself to the test every time.
Are you ready to increase your awareness of what really shapes your life and determines your destiny? All you have to do is to be aware of what defining moments you encounter. This could be through something that happens at work. Or, it could happen when you encounter a Quote that could alter your thinking. Or… it could be through the dynamic, iterative culture of your organization to evolve continuously.
Be aware of what can change you, and then use that fact to alter the way you improve yourself, while you shape and build your team, and your organization.Culture Creates Success.